The ideal majestic Hogwart’s campus, the weather dancing to the tune of everyone’s emotions – from a sunny and bright start to a dark, windy and somewhat gloomy end as we came to terms with the fact that 61 of our brightest and oldest will be leaving us soon enough to ‘sail in the choppy waters of the world outside’. With teachers and students dressed as caped crusaders, to wage their Holy War upon the leviathan, that is the CBSE, Graduation Day 2018 was a blast!
The session kicked off with Mr. Mahesh Bhupathi – the Chief Guest, playing a few knocks with the school tennis team, along with golf maestro, Amandeep Johl and the Chairman, Mr. Om Pathak and his family gracing the occasion. This was followed by a photography session at the Vishwanangana with Mr. Mahesh Bhupathi, Mr. Om Pathak and Headmaster Rashid Sharfuddin with the graduating batch of 2017-18, around which point the sky began to thunder. The perfect play of light and dark, pride and sorrow was a moment of perfection captured and made immortal by the lens.
After the photographs, the horde moved towards the school amphitheater for a performing arts presentation by the school choir and dancers. The audience witnessed a trip down memory lane with the Headmaster addressing the gathering about the graduating class 12th, the irony wasn’t lost on us with him talking about perseverance while it poured! Humor aside, it was quite an inspirational address leaving the audience awestruck and nostalgic.
Follow-ups were given by the outgoing School Captain, Shivaansh Singh and the current captain, Kabir Kapur, both uniting on the grounds of true leadership while Mr. Bhupathi kept it short, sweet and straight to the point as he wished everyone luck for their lives ahead.
The Headmaster’s Awards for the academic year 2017-18 were given out after which the choir struck a chord with the audience and made everyone’s hearts swell with emotions when they performed the Scottish tune, Auld Lang Syne – (literal translation) Times Long Past – for the ‘twelfthees’ as they received their graduating ties. The staff, students and parents then headed for lunch after which quite a few SeQuins went out for a parent’s outing. And so the day came to an end leaving us with one undeniable fact, the campus would be all the less for it with many a remarkable individual leaving, to make a life outside the lush and green 52 Acres we call ‘Home‘.
– Kartikeya Puri